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Sometimes the only reason to wake up is a hot shower and the pampering products you use. For dry-skinned girls, forgoing the soap and heading straight for a creamy, moisturizing body wash ensures that you'll emerge scented and glowing. You may even be able to skip the post-shower lotion ritual and have a few extra minutes with your coffee -- and that is worth getting up for.
Body Wash 101
Liquid bubble bath was the precursor to today's shower gels and body washes. Shower gels are usually clear, highly-scented liquid soap that can be multi-tasked for cleansing skin and hair. Body washes are typically opaque or pearlized soaps with extra moisturizing ingredients that make creamier suds better suited for skin only. Though body washes are moisturizing and delightful, lingering in a hot shower can actually rob your skin of its own moisture, so keep water temperatures warm and showers brief for the best results.
Best Fragrant Body Washes
Real Simple magazine, in listing its top 12 body washes, lauded Royal Apothic Hydrating Body Wash, which comes in five romantic scents, including Kensington Garden, Balmoral and City of Angels. Real Simple's testers loved Guerlain Idyle for its dreamy rose, lilac, jasmine and freesia fragrance.
Best Budget Body Washes
Olay Purely Pristine Cleansing Body Wash with microbeads is for girls who want gentle exfoliating with their body wash, and placed in Real Simple's Best Body Washes. Nivea Touch of Cashmere with sunflower seed oil, for sensitive or sunburned skin, and St. Ives Triple Butters Creamy Vanilla Body Wash with jojoba, shea and cocoa butters, also rated highly in Real Simple's testing. Dove Go Fresh Rebalance Beauty Body Wash with glycerin and soybean oil was a top pick from The Star.com. Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash won Allure's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for its creamy, colloidal oatmeal formula.
Best Luxury Body Washes
Expensive but spa-like body washes -- in the $10 to $40 range -- pack both a fragrant and super moisturizing punch for parched skin. Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream ranked as the best multitasker in Real Simple's top 12 body washes. Weleda Creamy Body Wash, an all-natural body wash with rose, lemon and buckthorn extracts, also ranked high on the list. ShiKai Shower Gel topped Bestcovery's best body wash list for its superior moisturizing with colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera gel.